Neowin: Microsoft's Windows Phone Business 'Is Dead'

An anonymous reader quote Neowin:
If you’ve been expecting Microsoft to issue a press release formally announcing the end of its Windows phone business, you’re probably hoping for a bit too much. But make no mistake: its phone hardware business is dead. RIP-dead. Send-flowers-dead. Worm-food-dead. Some fans, and even some in the media, have consistently refused to acknowledge this, despite the clear signs in recent quarters. Now, Microsoft’s own figures, and its statements regarding its phone division, should make it irrefutably clear that there is no life left in its Windows phone business.
During the quarter ending in December, Microsoft’s phone revenue dropped to just $200 million, which included some sales of feature phones, before the company completed its sale of that business unit to Foxconn in November. That figure has now dropped to virtually nothing… Today, as Microsoft published its earnings report for Q3 FY2017, it revealed that its “Phone revenue declined $730 million”. Based on its earlier financial disclosures, that means the company’s phone hardware revenue fell to just $5 million for the entire quarter ending March 31, 2017. During Microsoft’s earnings call today, its chief financial officer, Amy Hood, acknowledged this, stating that there was “no material phone revenue this quarter”. The outlook for the next few months is similarly bleak, as Hood predicted “negligible revenue from Phone” in the coming quarter.


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Yes, this Mets score is real

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Oh, hey, Mets fans, hope you’re having a good Sunday. Let’s just check the score for today’s game against the Washington Nationals and …

Hmmm. Maybe this is just a prank? Some jerk with Photoshop having a good time? Let’s just check ESPN and … yep, it’s real. 

*goes to check Mets score* “Maybe they’re turning things around this season!” pic.twitter.com/W5bTtWU2NH

— Vom Talerio (@tomshoeshine) April 30, 2017

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— Shannon (@Miss_Met) April 30, 2017

Let’s just check in on Mets Twitter..pic.twitter.com/WKobuR6Gdl

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Zoe Saldana reveals how long it takes to put on her 'Guardian of the Galaxy' face

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is already doing well internationally, but while U.S. fans are still waiting for the film’s release, one of its stars, Zoe Saldana, decided to give everyone a behind-the-scenes peek. 

On Saturday, Saldana posted a timelapse video on Twitter that shows exactly how much work it takes to become Gamora, her green-skinned character in the film. 

Instead of a simple slathering on green makeup, it turns out that her transformation takes just over three hours of intense detail work from two makeup artists.  Read more…

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With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

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Washington Nationals smash New York Mets behind Anthony Rendon's 3 HRs, 10 RBI

WASHINGTON — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met the media Sunday morning to talk about the knee injury to Adam Eaton that could sideline the Washington center fielder for the rest of the season.

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Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate

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Utah Jazz advance to second round with Game 7 victory over Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and collected eight rebounds to lead seven Utah players in double figures, and the Jazz eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers from the Western Conference playoffs with a 104-91 victory in Game 7 on Sunday at Staples Center.

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Hacker Leaks 'Orange Is the New Black' Episodes After Failing To Extort Netflix

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“A hacker (or hacker group) known as The Dark Overlord (TDO) has leaked the first ten episodes of season 5 of the “Orange Is The New Black” show after two failed blackmail attempts, against Larson Studios and Netflix,” reports BleepingComputer. The hacker said he stole hundreds of gigabytes of audio files from Larson Studios last December. “TDO claims the studio initially agreed to pay a ransom of 50 Bitcoin ($67,000) by January 31, and the two parties even signed a contract, albeit TDO signed it using the name ‘Adolf Hitler.'” This might have been the reason why the company thought this was a joke and didn’t pay the ransom as initially agreed.
At this point, the hacker turned from the studio to Netflix, but the company didn’t want to pay either. As a warning, the hacker leaked the first episode of season 5, but half a day later, he leaked 9 more. “According to Netflix’s website, season 5 is supposed to have 13 episodes and is scheduled for release in June, this year.” The hacker also claims he’s in possession of shows and movies from other movie studios and television channels, such as FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Some of the titles include “Celebrity Apprentice,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “New Girl,” and “XXX The return of Xander Cage”.


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Review: Wolfen (1981)

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